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Rugby World Cup 2019

20 September - 2 November

Photo of Rugby World Cup mascots for Rugby World Cup outreach By 江戸村のとくぞう - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66760583

Remember 2011? The flags, the fans from all over the world, the giant rugby ball, the injured goal-kickers, and finally the victory we had waited so long for. A fledging Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand lead Rugby World Cup outreach through a programme called EngageEngage connected churches with the tournament. Churches provided team chaplains, family hosting, and an army of tournament volunteers. They also ran rugby-themed programmes in their communities.

The success of this programme lead to it being repeated at the following World Cup in England, as Engage 2015.

Now it’s happening again, with Engage 2019, in Japan, and you can be a part of it.


How can I be involved in Rugby World Cup outreach?

The Japan International Sports Partnership is inviting teams of 10-20 people to join in outreach projects with local churches.

Rugby coaches are also invited to help with rugby clinics and other coaching in the host cities.


Why has Japan invited us?

The church is Japan is very small, less than 0.5% of the population. The average size of a congregation is just 30. They see the World Cup as a significant opportunity to reach out to their communities, but they need help to be able to do this effectively.


What will we be doing?

Helping local churches by:

  • running New Zealand cultural nights;
  • assisting with events such as community festivals and sports zones;
  • running rugby clinics in schools and tag competitions.


What is the cost?

You will need to cover the cost of international flights and also a Japan Rail pass. Accomodation as well as food will be provided.


Who will be organising the Rugby World Cup outreach?

The Japan International Sports Partnership, working together with local churches.


How can I find out more about the Rugby World Cup outreach?

Contact Sue Morris to learn more: sue@innerfit.nz


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20 September
2 November
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Sue Morris